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Police officer injured in Tennessee crash involving DUI suspect

There are very few actions more irresponsible than drinking too much and getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. To operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner, drivers must be able to make split-second decisions so that they may prevent an accident from occurring. Alcohol notoriously impairs a person's ability to make quick and responsible decisions. Therefore, the combination of alcohol and driving is one that is both dangerous and potentially deadly.

A man is suspected of having driven while intoxicated when his vehicle slammed into the back of a Tennessee police car, seriously injuring a police officer. While stationary after a traffic stop , the police officer's squad car was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old man. The police officer, a woman, was pinned between the car she had pulled over and her own vehicle. She was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

Following the crash, the police officer posted a message on Facebook in which she detailed the nature of her injuries and thanked everyone who supported her. According to the message, the officer suffered bruises, swellings and torn issue in her spine. The other driver was facing charges involving DUI, reckless driving and driving without a license.

Victims who are involved in car accidents with reckless or negligent drivers oftentimes have legal options available to them. Negligence is not limited to drunk driving; in fact, it can be displayed in numerous ways, such as texting while driving and speeding. If another driver in an accident is suspected one of these practices, a negligence claim may be appropriate. By filing a negligence claim, victims can pursue compensation for the costs associated with medical expenses, vehicle damages and other burdensome costs resulting from the crash.

Source: WMCTV, "DUI crash suspect goes before a judge," Karen Bray, Mar. 10, 2014

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